Street party as annual cycling festival comes through town
Wimbledon residents will line the streets of the town again this summer to watch the thousands of cyclists taking part in the fifth Prudential RideLondon cycle ride as it passes through SW19 on Sunday July 30.
The peloton will pass through Wimbledon town centre on the return leg from the Surrey Hills, after cyclists have already travelled from the Olympic Park, out to Surrey before heading back to the finish line at the Mall via Raynes Park.
The last incline of the race is up Wimbledon Hill towards Wimbledon Common. The amateur cycle ride will be swiftly followed by the professional men's race on the same day.
The event involves riders taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – many cycling in aid of charity – as well as an afternoon race for the world's top professional male riders, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. More than 26,000 cyclists took part in 2016.
Love Wimbledon will be cheering them along and celebrating with a street party on Wimbledon Hill Road. With help from surrounding businesses, there will be face-painting, balloon modelling, live music, tasty treats and deck chairs.
New this year will be Rollapaluza, a cycle sport like no other, plus spin bike activities from Virgin Active. Kids and adults can test their own pedal power, battling it out on two static race bikes over sprint distances at speeds in excess of 50mph.
Cyclists are expected to begin arriving in Wimbledon at 11.30am, with the bulk of amateur cyclists coming through between 12.30am – 1.30pm.
The professional cyclists will come through Wimbledon between 5.15pm – 5.30pm.
As part of the festival, cycling events take place elsewhere in London on July 28 and 29. In all, organisers say the festival will involve more than 100,000 cyclists pedalling more than 3 million miles!
July 4, 2017